24th Sunday in Ordinary Time September 16th 2018



Francis Mitchell, Loughrea & formerly Drimnamuckla & Tiernascragh.

Mgr. Ned Stankard, Parish Priest, Cappatagle & Kilrickle. May they rest in peace.


Tommy Larkin’s GAA Club is presently finalising plans for events to celebrate the club’s 50th Anniversary. On Sat. 29th September a Mass in St Joseph’s Church Ballinakill at 5.30 p.m. followed by a BBQ and Race Night in Mc Cormack’s Curra will kick off celebrations. A Dinner Dance on 17th November in Meadow Court Hotel with the launch of the Club’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Booklet will be a memorable night for the Club and the Community. You are invited to let family and friends at home and abroad know about these events as there are many who have expressed an interest in renewing old friends, acquaintances and clubmates at these celebrations.


PILATES is a low impact exercise giving optimal full body flexibility and strength. Excellent for toning and balance. Focusing on your posture and breathing. Relief from back pain and joint stress. Mixed ability class. Suitable for all ages. Men and Women welcome. 6 week course commencing Wednesday 19th September at Shragh Community Centre @ 7pm. Cost = €40 for 6 weeks. Enquiries or to register please contact Mary on 087 6152668.


The East Galway Family History Society are holding their annual Galway Hospice coffee day in aid of Galway Hospice on Thursday 20th September at the Woodford Heritage Centre from 9am to 4pm. The Society would like to thank all who support and help out to make this event a success each year.

Tommy Larkins GAA Lotto: 1-6-10-20. No Winner. Match 3: Pat Hickey Trevor Cavanagh. Jackpot 4,600 euro. Draw this Sat. Sept 15th in The Hill, Kylebrack. .

An 8-week innovative men’s health and wellbeing programme will commence on Thurs 27th Sept in Loughrea. Participants on the course will gain a unique opportunity to engage in free Cookery and Fitness classes as well as workshops on Heart Health, Nutrition, Mindfulness and more! The group will meet twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 10.30am-1.30pm. To register today contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 087 9663227.

Would you like to deepen your understanding of New Testament? Six-night course (8 – 9.30 pm) continues in The Family Centre, Ballinasloe on Thursday evenings. Suggested donation: €20.00. For more info please contact M. Cregg on 086 2618152 or J. Coughlan on 086 8600987.

Mary Immaculate College Alumni Reunion 2018 - 6 October 2018 Did you graduate from MIC in 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013? Then this is the event for you! MIC is welcoming back its Alumni on Saturday 6 October 2018 from 2.30pm - 5pm.This is the perfect opportunity to meet up with old friends, and reacquaint yourself with the College. Should you wish to attend, please advise us in advance This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and put "Class Reunion" in the subject line. More details:www.mic.ul.ie/marketingpr/Pages/Alumni.aspx

Weekend Retreat in the Burren Co Clare. 28 – 30 September. Why not come on a guided journey to the most secret and sacred places in the Burren and let the silence and beauty of this unique landscape renew in body and soul? Further info from Mary at 087 970 1130/Nóirín at 087 9459151

Beginning experience programme for Men & Women who have lost a spouse through death, divorce, or separation, 19-21 October Esker Retreat Centre, Athenry; Contact Gerry 086 3855090 or Maureen 087 6646896!!

Galway Kempo, Keep Fit, Improve Health & Confidence, learn self defence! Classes return Tue. Sept. 4th Portumna Town Hall. 6.30pm, Kids 5+ 7.30pm Teens, 8.30p Adults. Details on Galwaykempo.com

Painting classes will resume in Shragh Community centre on Monday the 10th Sept @8pm.New members welcome.

Patchwork class begin in Shragh Hall on Wednesday the 19th Sept @8pm.Class €10.Suitable for beginners,also hand or machine sewing.

Hospice Coffee Evening Coffee evening at the home of Gibson and Elizabeth Stoddart, Ballycrissane on Thursday 20th September 2018 from 2.30pm til late. All welcome

Culture Night is being celebrated in the Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna on Friday September 21st from 7pm to 9pm. Come along and join in the fun - music, song dance, storytelling and poetry. Light refreshments will be served.

Chiropody clinic will be attending Hayes pharmacy, Portumna on Tues 18th Sept, Thurs 4th and Tues 16th Oct for general and diabetic footcare. Contact Emma on 0861901247 for an appointment.

Monster Auction will be held in Kiltormer Complex Sunday 21st October at 3pm. Doors open from 12noon. Huge selection of lots for auction as well as Bric a Brac shop, gift voucher shop with huge discounts, cake sale, bouncy castle, face painting etc. Any queries please contact 0877977189.

Sunday at the Shorelines Arts Festival Portumna: 3pm “Folk on a Boat” from Castle Marina; 5pm “The Irish Guitar Quartet” in Concent; 8pm Little John Nee in “Small Halls & Pot Holes”. All details: www.shorelinesartsfestival.com or call 087 6319890.

St John the Baptist Church, Woodford.

Masses this Week, Tue. 7.30pm Fri. 9.30am Sun. 11am

Sunday September 16th 11am Marian Moylan, Woodford (First Anniv.)

Tuesday September 18th 7.30pm Michael & Shiela Page, Clonco & Eamon & Teresa Hogan, Douras.

Sunday September 23rd 11am John Keon, Powers Cross, Jim & Lily & Thomas Coniry & deceased family members.

Patrick & Mary Cooney Rea. Jimmy & Margaret Sullivan, Rockhill & Loughatorick


Eucharistic Ministers: Justin O’Byrne Mary Lyons. . .

Altar Society: Team 3 Wiltrude Duell Mary Gorman Angela Shiel. .

Reader for Church Gertrude Starr

Altar Servers: (A) Mark Kelly Gavin O’Dowd


St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun

Masses this Week, Mon 9.30am Wed. 9.30am Thur. 8am Sat. 10am & 7pm

Saturday September 15th 7pm Michael Joe Flannery, Derryoober.

Saturday September 22nd 7pm Michael (Timbo) Tuohy, Togher, Gurteeny.


Eucharistic Ministers: Eamon Whelan Bridie Flanagan.

Altar Society Nora Flaherty Mary Walsh

Reader for Church Maura Stewart.

Altar Servers: (A) Peter Flaherty Evan Flaherty Ciaran Kemple Mark Leonard Louis Donlon.



Sun. Sept. 16th SR 7.09am Set 7.47pm First Quarter on Mon. Sept. 17th at 12.15am

Sun. Sept.23rd SR 7.21am Set 7.30pm Full Moon on tue. . Sept. 25th at 3.52am




Fr. Kieran O’Rourke, Telephone: 090 9749100, Mobile: 087 2997956, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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